Sunday, October 4, 2009

Orang Pendek Spotted, Prints Discovered

A four-man crew from the Centre for Fortean Zoology in the UK claim to have spotted the elusive Orang Pendek while on a campaign for the beast in Sumatra. The crew decided to visit the island following several recent sightings. While they claim to have witnessed the Orang Pendek, or "short man," they did not get any photographs. However, they did take pictures of a strange footprint which may belong to the Orang Pendek. They also retrieved a hair sample and a palm leaf on which the creature is thought to have chewed.

The Orang Pendek is Sumatra's "bigfoot." It is said to be around 5' tall with dark fur. It is also reported to be incredibly strong and sometimes aggressive toward humans. Sightings have been reported since Colonial times and several, well-respected experts and zoologists claim to have either witnessed the "monster" themselves or evidence of its existence.

Richard Freeman, resident zoological director at the Centre for Fortean Zoology and leader of the expedition, said, "We are not talking about a unicorn or a griffin, we are talking about an ape that's unknown to science." He added that evidence of the "hidden animal" may be all around us; skulls and bones of the Orang Pendek may reside in museums and exhibits throughout the world, having been misidentified as orangutan.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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